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Film ‘Anonymous’ succumbs to disaster

Director Roland Emmerich should be an expert in disaster movies by now. For over 10 years, he’s been the prophet of doom behind such apocalyptic hits as “Independence Day,” “The Day After Tomorrow” and that crowning homage to the end of times, “2012.” Only now, he’s moved away from future
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Otherwise occupied

NATIONAL ISSUES: With youth compromising much of the Occupy Wall Street movement, we find our generation’s efforts weak.

The Occupy Wall Street movement, spreading nationwide and seeping into the Bay Area, has been painted in the media as directionless and at times anarchic. In many aspects, this portrayal is apt. There is no central figure or vessel of authority. There is no sound or resolute message banding the
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Ashley Chen

Five recent protests cost BART about $300,000 total

Recent protests against Bay Area Rapid Transit have not only been taxing on commuters but also on the transportation agency itself, which paid personnel about $300,000 for working overtime during five protests in July and August, according to Bob Franklin, president of BART’s Board of Directors, The Bay Citizen reported
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BART’s Board of Directors deemed the agency’s decision to cut cellphone service disproportionate at a special meeting.

Cellphone decision incites rage

At a public hearing Wednesday morning, several members of the Bay Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors deemed the agency’s decision to cut cellphone service two weeks ago during a protest a disproportionate response. The meeting, held in Oakland, was intended to discuss BART’s Aug. 11 decision to disrupt cellphone
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Protesters march past Powell Street station in downtown San Francisco accompanied by San Francisco Police Department officers on Monday evening.

Demonstrators prompt shutdown of two BART stations

Two Bay Area Rapid Transit subway stations in San Francisco temporarily closed multiple times Monday evening due to a second protest denouncing BART’s decision to cut cellphone service during an unrelated demonstration earlier this month. The Powell and Civic Center BART stations closed several times throughout the evening since the
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Free to dial

BAY AREA ISSUES: Cutting cellphone service was an inappropriate and outrageous response by BART to ongoing protests.

The so-called Arab spring brought images of protesters using social media and handheld electronic devices and clashing with totalitarian governments. News of curfews and Internet connection disruptions escaped the fray, and the world watched in disgust as governments interrupted citizens’ attempts at free speech. Those stories were always foreign, and
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